August 2 The Tablet of the Heart

The Bible has much to say about the importance of the heart. Wise King Solomon spoke of the heart’s power and function. In the book of Proverbs, we read, “Let love and faithfulness never leave you; bind them around your neck, write them on the tablet of your heart” (Proverbs 3:3). What we “write” on our hearts we use as a reference for our attitudes and actions. Again, in Proverbs, we read, “To man belong the plans of the heart” (Proverbs 16:1). The heart is where we sift things over and make decisions about what we want to do and be.

Jeremiah the prophet records, “I the LORD search the heart and examine the mind, to reward a man according to his conduct, according to what his deeds deserve” (Jeremiah 17:10). Attitude and behavior are tied together because your actions come from what you think. Finally, the book of Hebrews says, “The word of God is living and active. Sharper than any double-edged sword, it penetrates even to dividing soul and spirit, joints and marrow; it judges the thoughts and attitudes of the heart” (Hebrews 4:12). We are held accountable not only for our actions, but also for our thoughts and attitudes. In order to walk successfully in the vision God

has given you, you must pay attention to your heart, study what’s in it, and make certain that the Word of God is your source of truth.

Prayer: Father, Your Word is living and active as it judges the intentions of my heart. Please help me to make certain that Your Word is my source of truth.

Fill my mind and heart with Your Word so that I cannot be led away from You or from my vision. In Jesus’ name, amen.

Thought: What we “write” on our hearts we use as a reference for our attitudes and actions.
Reading: Psalm 60–62; Romans 5

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